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Magnificent French Napoleon III Bronze and Porcelain Clock
A beautiful example of a clock from the Napoleon III period, it dates from 1860-1870. It comes from Paris, France.
The clock stands on it's own base, which is made of hard plaster, which has been texturized and painted. This base stands on four ball-shaped feet. The clock itself stands on five bronze "feet". Fine cast bronze work, heavy and detailed surround the clock face. Starting from the top, an enthusiastic design of leaves and flowers cascade from the center top down along the upper sides. Two columns with bronze tops and bottoms frame a center which is of deep blue porcelain. The porcelain has a white pattern of grotesques and arabesques. The center portion is a large rectangle, the porcelain repeats the grotesque and arabesque design. The clock face stands out from this rectangle (1/2"). It is in a bronze case with a beveled glass door. The face is of blue and white porcelain and repeats the grotesque and arabesque pattern.
The movement, pendulum and key are all intact. The clock runs when wound and there is a low-sounding bell which counts the hour and half hour. (Please bear in mind with all clocks, to start and keep them running, they must be level and kept wound. All movement and uneven surfaces effect how a clock runs).
It is in excellent condition for it's age! It will work when wound. We polished it lightly (leaving the polishing decision to the final owner) and it still gleams in the light. The face has no visible cracks or chips. The base has some wear to the front and back top edge, this can be painted in black (we chose to leave this decision to the final owner) and it would not be visible. The porcelain portions have no visible chips or cracks. It measures: 15 1/2" tall (including the base), 10 1/2" wide (at the bottom of the base), 4 1/2" deep. The standing clock measures (from the base) 13" tall, 8 1/2" wide and 2 3/4" deep. The clock face measures 3" in diameter.
The classic design and fancy little platform give the clock a large presence on a mantel or table.
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